With support from the FNB Foundation,
AfricAvenir Windhoek presents the gripping documentary “Cairo Drive”, Egypt, 2014, 79min, by director Sherief Elkatsha.
“Cairo Drive” explores the life of one of the world’s most populated cities—from its streets. Shot in 2009-2012 (before and during the Egyptian revolution, and ending with the most recent presidential elections), the film explores the country’s collective identity, inherent struggles, and the sentiments that lead through the historic changes taking place in Egypt today.
Taxis, buses, donkey carts, and swarms of people, all jockeying to move through the obstacle course that is their daily lives.
Sitting at a cultural intersection, Cairo is a city unlike any other, where different faiths, races, and social classes all share a few clogged arteries of tarmac.
Filmmaker Sherief Elkatsha rides through the congested streets alongside a diverse cast of characters—from taxi drivers to ambulances, from traffic cops to private citizens—capturing the unspoken codes of conduct, frustrations, humor, fatalism, and life-or-death decisions of driving in a city where the only rule is: there are no rules.